Best known for the preliminary artwork for Star Wars that helped bring the vision of George Lucas to life, he also visualized other films before they were captured on celluloid -- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Cocoon, and Jurassic Park. He also work on conceptualizing the original Battlestar Galactica television show, among other projects.
His paintings have a delightful pulp-fictiony look, reflecting the old science-fiction space operas and serials that inspired Lucas. They also have a gritty realism that made Star Wars feel so fresh and revolutionary compared to the sci-fi flicks that had come before.
McQuarrie might be gone, but his art remains, along with the movies that used that art as inspiration. May he rest in peace.